Train to Rotterdam
Rotterdam is fast becoming a top tourist destination, dubbed the clubbing capital of the Netherlands; the city is home to unique architecture, the largest port in Europe and is the birthplace of humanist and theologian Erasmus. Getting the train to Rotterdam is easy you can reach the city from London in around 4 hours. To get the train to Rotterdam take a Eurostar train and a Thalys train via Brussels from London St Pancras. Prices start at £59 if you book in advance.
PORT AND BOAT TOURS
Visitors of Rotterdam should not miss the opportunity to explore the world famous port of Rotterdam and its surrounding water system by boat, there are many tours available to suit all ages: Spido boat tours operate all year round form Erasmus bridge (which connects the North and South of the city); Pancake ships, float around the port and enjoy pancakes with the topping of your choice; Rebus Tours, the luxury liner runs tours from April –Oct and takes you to the UN cultural monument of windmills in KINDERDIJK; Amphibian bus tours also operate most of the year.
GREEN SPACES AND FAMILY FUN
Diegaarde Blijdorp is a firm favourite for all ages the zoo and aquarium houses a shark tunnel, and a walk through Emperor penguin enclosure. The Arboretum Trompenburg gardens in the city centre are a horticulturist’s wonderland, the perfect setting for a relaxing stroll. Plaswijck Park is perfect for family entertainment filled with a playground entertainment and its own zoo. Tropicana is a tropical paradise heated to 30°C filled with banana trees, palms, and other exotic species, with two wave pools for kids and thrill seekers.
Head to Oude Haven at the lower reaches of the river Rotte to experience traditional Dutch architecture which survived the Blitz alongside contemporary design including the Kubus homes (Cube homes) designed by Piet Blom and the museum dedicated to the quirky houses. Here you will find some of the best restaurants and cafés along the riverside, which stay open all night.
Rotterdam is not shy on entertainment with many cinemas, theatres, clubs and its own prestigious film festival. Top club venues include American themed HOLLYWOOD MUSIC HALL with 5 different themed areas, and HER ZIMMERMAN housed in an old meat factory.
One of the top tourist attractions: view the city skyline from 185m platform and take a ride in the space cabin for a rocket launch experience.